No immediate water release from Bhakra,say officials

The Bhakra Beas Management Board has decided not to release excess water immediately into the Sarluj and Beas rivers.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Chandigarh | Updated: April 9, 2014 2:43:16 pm

With the inflow of water into Bhakra dam getting reduced and its level in the reservoir still pegged a few notches below the set target of 1,650-ft,the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) Tuesday decided not to release excess water immediately into the Sarluj and Beas rivers.

“We will not go for release of excess water at this moment as the water level in the dam has still not crossed the targeted level,” a senior BBMB official said here today.

He was speaking after a meeting of BBMB officials and representatives of the partner states —- Punjab,Haryana and Rajasthan —- reviewed the situation on water release.

Water level in Bhakra dam,which lies across Sutlej river,Tuesday reached 1,647.87 ft,up by 77.97ft against the level recorded in the corresponding period last year. The BBMB has set the target of 1,650 ft for the reservoir,which is expected to be reached in a day or two.

The official said that the water situation was normal in the Bhakra and Pong dams due to “reduced” water inflows. Pong dam stands on the Beas.

“Water inflow at both dams has come down over the past few days due to lesser rainfall in the catchment areas; therefore,there is no need to worry,” he added.

Water level in Pong dam Tuesday reached 1,362.70 ft,which is 66.19 ft higher than where it had been on the same day last year.

Bhakra and Pong dams are to be filled to a level of 1,680ft and 1,390 ft,respectively,by September this year. BBMB Chairman AB Agrawal had on July 10 warned Punjab government about the release of “excess” water into the Satluj and the Beas in the wake of “heavy” inflow of water.

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